The Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) specifically identifies occupational therapy as a related service in schools for students with disabilities. Florida and New York become the first states to pass state OT licensure laws. The COTA Award of Excellence is established, and eligibility for the Award of Merit and the Slagle Lectureship is extended to COTAs. AOTA delineates the roles of OTs and COTAs. AOTA adopts a mission and goals statement for the Association.